Why Beauty Recycling Helps To Tread Gently On The Planet

Last year, we worked hard to ensure that our sustainable packaging uses recyclable materials to help protect our world and encourage a greener way of living for everyone. When you use mio bodycare, you’re not only choosing to be kind to your body but to our planet, too.

Keep scrolling to learn more about our recyclable skincare packaging, the steps we are taking to tread gently on the planet and some easy beauty recycling tips that you can implement into your everyday routine…

Did you hear? We have been nominated for the 2021 Eluxe Sustainable Luxury Awards! The Eluxe Awards is the world’s first-ever awards presentation that honours the excellence in the vegan, sustainable luxury market.

Sustainable Packaging

We have re-developed our packaging to provide more sustainable solutions that are environmentally-friendly and kinder to the planet, helping you to support a greener world for everyone. We believe that our new plant-based, cruelty-free bodycare should be reflected in the packaging. So, we have used innovative materials that you can recycle responsibly at home.

Sugarcane Tubes

Our recyclable skincare tubes are made with natural sugarcane and use up to 28% less plastic than our old tubes. The production of our polymer tubes uses the renewable source of sugarcane, a bio-based fuel, rather than fossil-based raw materials such as oil or natural gas. This means that the manufacturing process avoids the emission of greenhouse gases into the environment and therefore has a much lower carbon footprint than other conventional plastics as sugarcane also absorbs CO2 from the air as it grows.

The sugarcane juice is turned into ethanol which is made into ethylene which is then used to produce our biopolymer plastic. This new sugarcane-derived plastic is just as hardwearing as other plastics and is also 100% recyclable so you can discard it into your plastic recycling bins when you have used up your favourite mio products!

FSC-Certified Carboard Packaging

All our products are encased in a cardboard carton when you receive them. This cardboard is solely sourced from FSC managed forests that work responsibly to ensure quality ethical production and strive to be as environmentally-friendly as possible.

Once you have finished with your cardboard packaging, it can be fully recycled; just place it in your paper recycling bin. The Forest Stewardship Council is a global organisation that protects the environmental, social, and economical factors of forest management. By supporting FSC-certified companies like mio, you are also helping to support the organisation to ensure that our world’s forests are kept alive for generations to come.

Recyclable Tubes, Jars & Bottles

As well as our tubes, our jars and bottles are also recyclable so you can recycle them in your plastic recycling bin. To improve the recycling process further, our new tubes have also been designed with a snap-off cap feature so that you can recycle the plastic cap separately.

Unfortunately, we are yet to find a recyclable solution for the pumps in our bottles, so this must be removed before you recycle. We are working hard to solve this and hope to have a replacement recyclable version as soon as possible. We have also removed all glass components from our packaging, helping to further reduce our carbon footprint and ultimately help to protect the planet!

How To Recycle Your Beauty Products

Below, we have listed an easy-to-follow guide on beauty recycling to help you make sure that your recyclable beauty packaging is disposed of correctly. For ease, we recommend keeping two recycling bins in your bathroom; one for recyclable materials and one for non-recyclables. This way, you won’t forget to recycle your beauty products when they’re empty and the different components won’t get mixed up!

Step One: Separate

Take your product apart and separate the recyclable and non-recyclable materials. When doing this with your mio bodycare, make sure that you remove the pumps as these aren’t recyclable yet (don’t worry, we’re working on it).

Step Two: Rinse And Dry

This is very important. Give each part of your product a thorough rinse and make sure that it is completely dry.

Step Three: Throw Away

Put each piece of your product into it’s correct recycling bin, and that’s it! Beauty recycling, made easy.

At mio, we’re proud to create effective plant-based, cruelty-free and sustainable bodycare with feel-good formulations that support your skin and the planet. But, it doesn’t stop there. Watch this space, as we have some exciting sustainability projects in the pipeline…


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